You’re gaining roughly 1 pound per week at 18 weeks pregnant and maybe experiencing balance concerns. And your infant is deafeningly deaf
At 18 weeks, how big is your baby?
Your baby is 5.6 inches long and weighs 6.70 ounces at 18 weeks pregnant. This is roughly the size of a Nintendo NES Classic Controller.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 18 weeks pregnant:
- Your Baby
- Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 18 Weeks
- Bumps at 18 Weeks for a Real Mom
Your Baby is Pregnant at 18 Weeks
This week is a big week for your baby’s growth, from hearing to the neurological system. Learn more about what’s going on at 18 weeks.
The Growth of Your Child
- Hearing: Baby is deafeningly deaf The sound of your pounding heart is the most audible to them. They’ll be reacting to specific voices by week 25.
- Gender: During your ultrasound (usually between 16 and 20 weeks), the tech will be able to tell you whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Because the accuracy of this is highly reliant on the baby’s position, it’s a good idea to have a backup baby name. If it’s a girl, her fallopian tubes and uterus are already in place. If it’s a male, their reproductive organs are (typically) visible on an ultrasound.
- Your baby’s nerves are beginning to generate myelin, a fatty material that insulates them. This complicated procedure is known as “myelination.” It’s a mouthful, but the short version is that it preserves nerve cells while also speeding up communication between them. This is critical in the development of a baby’s brain. Nutrition, notably iron, choline, and folate, has been shown in studies to aid in healthy brain growth. So continue to eat leafy greens, eggs, beans, and other nutrient-dense foods, as well as take your prenatal vitamins, to assist enhance your baby’s brain ability.
Ultrasound at 18 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 18 Weeks
While you may feel more active in the second trimester, you may encounter new challenges as you and your baby get larger. Consider Braxton Hicks contractions, round ligament discomfort, and a sense of being off-balance (literally). Here’s a look at what may happen this week.
- Weight gain: Most women are gaining around a pound per week at this phase. Where does it all go when a baby weighs seven to eight pounds at birth? The placenta weighs two pounds and the blood weighs four pounds, but here’s the whole breakdown.
- Balance: Your center of gravity will shift as a result of all this increased weight. Slow down if you see yourself tripping more than normal as your balance improves. This can also cause back discomfort, although elevating your feet will alleviate it.
- Dry eyes: Pregnancy can cause dry eyes, which can be especially bothersome if you use contacts. Try some preservative-free artificial tear drops without cyclosporine (this helps relieve dry eyes, but there isn’t enough research to say if it’s safe to use during pregnancy or nursing).
- Aches and pains are common throughout pregnancy, but around week 18, you may experience some really painful sensations in your lower abdomen. Pain in the round ligaments might be to blame. These vexing aches are produced by your baby’s rapid growth, which strains the (yes) round ligaments and pulls on some very sensitive nerves in the groin. There isn’t much you can do about it except stretch, change positions, and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) if your doctor approves. Of course, aches and pains in the abdomen can occur for a variety of causes, so consult your doctor if you are concerned, have additional symptoms such as bleeding, fever, chills, or difficult urination, or if the discomfort is severe.
- High blood pressure: Why does your doctor check your blood pressure at every visit? Low blood pressure can produce lightheadedness and dizziness, similar to standing up too quickly. This is usually regarded normal and will go gone when your kid is delivered. On the other hand, high blood pressure can cause complications such as premature delivery and placental difficulties, as well as preeclampsia, which can be deadly for both mom and baby. Know that if you have high blood pressure, you and your baby will be constantly watched.
Preparing for Your 20-Week Ultrasound
You’re definitely getting ready for the mid-pregnancy ultrasound, also known as the anatomy scan, which takes place about 20 weeks pregnant. And that is just that. Baby’s complete body will be looked out to make sure development and growth are on track.
Finding out baby’s sex is a highlight for many parents-to-be, but you’ll undoubtedly find it incredible to see everything, from baby’s brain to the heart to those microscopic little fingers and toes. If the baby kicks when the camera is recording, you’ll be able to see what those baby movements look like as you experience them.
Your due date will also be verified based on the size of your baby. There is a tiny chance that the date will change (despite what that due date calculator told you). However, only around 5% of babies are delivered on their due dates, so it’s not a given.
Your Pregnancy Life at 18 Weeks
Even if you have a lot of energy in the second trimester, be gentle with your body and mind. These pointers should be useful.
- Top tip: Having trouble sleeping? Who could blame you? You’re not meant to sleep on your back anymore, you’re not supposed to sleep on your stomach, and your bladder is the size of a pea. But don’t give up on getting a decent night’s rest. Here are seven pointers to get you started, as well as some advice on the ideal sleeping positions.
- Try these recipes: When there’s a lot of snacking to be done, it’s easy to become stuck in a carb-heavy rut. However, attempt to acquire the ruffage your stomach need by eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Fiber not only helps with constipation, but it also exposes your infant to a wide range of vitamins and minerals. These vegetable-based meals are suitable for both lunch and dinner: Salad with Kale and Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Cauliflower Soup, and Summer Squash Pizza with 5 Ingredients.
- Excellent equipment: As your tummy develops, an exercise ball will be your greatest buddy. It may be used instead of a desk chair for core strength and lower back support, as a tool for prenatal workouts that promote pelvic stability (Google has a lot of videos), and as a birth ball during labor. The added benefit is that you can use it afterwards to rock your baby to sleep.
- We enjoy the following books: This is an excellent moment to crack open that super-long book you’ve been meaning to read. Not only will it help pass the time, but once your baby is in the house, a 500-plus page book may seem out of reach. Do you require a recommendation? Check out The Goldfinch or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, both Neopoltian books.
Your Pregnant Belly at 18 Weeks
In the second trimester, weight increase is expected to be roughly 1 pound every week. Based on your BMI, your healthcare practitioner most likely offered you a weight gain range to attempt to remain within during your first pregnant consultation (body mass index). It may be difficult to remain on track—and it’s never enjoyable to get on a scale so frequently—but OBs say modest and consistent weight growth is essential for your and your baby’s health.
Some pregnant stomachs seem, well, pregnant at 18 weeks, while others are just starting to show. You could be experiencing baby’s movements on a daily basis, or you might just notice a flutter or two. Those kicks will soon be obvious.
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